The long awaited European Standard for temperature recording equipment,
EN 12830, was published as a ratified text on 4th June 1999.
This specification has been produced by the European Committee for Standardisation, CEN, which represents the national standards organisations of 19 European countries comprising the 15 European Union member states plus Czech Republic, Iceland, Switzerland and Norway.
The new Standard is officially entitled ‘Temperature recorders for the transport, storage and distribution of chilled, frozen, deep-frozen/quick-frozen food and ice cream – Tests, performance, suitability’ and as such addresses key areas of equipment performance including measurement characteristics, traceability, degree of environmental protection, vibration resistance, mechanical shock resistance, electrical safety and data security.
The Standard shall be given the status of a National Standard in each of the CEN countries either by publication of an identical text or by endorsement at the latest by January 2000 and conflicting National Standards shall be withdrawn at the latest by January 2000.
In the UK the ratified text has been published as a British Standard and is known as BS EN 12830. This European Standard is a document meeting the objectives of directives: – 92/1/EEC of January 13, 1992 of the European Commission on the monitoring of temperatures in the means of transport, warehousing and storage of quick-frozen foodstuffs intended for human consumption – 93/43/EEC of June 14 1993 of the European Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs and in particular on ‘temperature control criteria’.
From January 2000 to ensure that any new temperature recording system for vehicles or cold stores complies with the latest European Directives, users of such equipment should check that the manufacturer has obtained approval against the European Standard EN12830 to confirm that the equipment will be fit for purpose.
Users should also note that certification that is issued in any one of the CEN member countries confers suitability in all other countries although this is commonly subject to ratification of test results and the issuing of separate certification in the local language (commonly referred to as ‘homologation’).